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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from Record Store Day Facebook page.Photo from Record Store Day Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

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Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.

Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that it’s also the month when a) you finally want to be outside but can’t and b) you’re forced to subsist on peanut butter, KD and whatever you can find in your fridge/cupboards that a few... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Photo by David ScheinmannPhoto by David Scheinmann

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Alex DJ Magnificent Edwards

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Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.

Alex Edwards has been fixated with records and old stereo equipment since he was a kid. He would scope out yard sales and places like the Salvation Army buying up records by the box full. Growing up in a Caribbean household, Alex’s love of music from the 1950s through 1970s was born. His uncles had extensive record collections and would make mixtapes, which Alex would listen to over and over again. Eventually, Alex would make his own mixtapes of his favourite songs from his record collection. Alex’s love of records... | Continue reading article

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The reason every 613 punk woke up hungover last Saturday morning

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Divers. Photo courtesy of Andrew Carver.Divers. Photo courtesy of Andrew Carver.

There’s a reason every 613 punk sounded extra raspy when they woke up hungover on Saturday morning. Ottawa got a sweat-soaked close-up of contemporary, high-voltage Portlandian punk on the weekend. This past Friday, April 3, the highly-acclaimed boys of DIVERS managed to fit our sleepy Capital into their North American tour schedule for the very first time. Awash in PBR, body odor and unkempt facial scruff, this eccentric West coast foursome were given a very enthusiastic welcome to House of Targ, care of a drunken, mixed bag crowd of grey-haired... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Soulful “Graven” in CBC Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist

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Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.

Ottawa musician Matt McKechnie also known as ‘Graven’ is a singer –song writer with moving, poetic, thoughtful lyrics. He is also a contender in CBC’s Searchlight 2015: The Hunt to Find Canada’s Best New Artist. His entry song is called “Movies of the Mind”, which is part of his album “Channelsurfing the Seas of the Cinematic Mind”. You can listen to his song and vote every day until April 13: here. For Matt, music has a way of illuminating things. “Sometimes when you’re looking back in your life, it can... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 8 avril 2015 :: Théâtre – Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! Le Théâtre français du CNA lance une programmation éclatante. Nouveautés musicales Coeur de Pirate, Doldrums et Miracles

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Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.

Basement 819 pose cette semaine un regard bien curieux sur les nouveautés théâtrales qui ont cours dans la région. En début d’émission, nous avons reçu Théo Martin, metteur en scène de la pièce Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! accompagné de Valeria Contreras Perez, responsable des communications pour la Troupe Désinvolte. La pièce sera présentée du 17 au 25 avril et constitue un regroupement original de six petites pièces du poète, écrivain et dramaturge français Jean Tardieu. Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! nous plongera au coeur des Années 30,... | Continue reading article

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